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All is not as it seems…

I am not an organised Mummy. I’m generally the one borrowing a nappy after a poomageddon, stuffing a questionably clean muzzie into my daughter’s top as a makeshift bib or spending a small fortune on lunch as yet again I’ve forgotten to pack my son’s lunchbox!

We manage. We do OK. We muddle through. However I’m often self conscious that other mums are looking at me and wondering what on earth is happening, especially when in the midst of all of this my toddler is having a melt down about something crucial like me breaking his biscuit in half (or my favourite to date, that I didn’t pour him a glass of prosecco too)!!

Last week however I was the other parent. I was that calm, collected, together, organised Mummy.

Last week my babies napped at the same time as each other, I tidied my house in the afternoon, I prepared dinner in advance, I made lunch for the following day and I restocked the bag with nappies and other essentials. We were in the park later that day and I overheard another Mum tell her little girl they would need to go home as it was too hot for her to play any longer without cream and a hat, so I offered her spares that were in my buggy and then quickly reassured her this NEVER happens!

I realised in that split second that it isn’t a case of organised and disorganised, it isn’t good and bad, it isn’t right and wrong…it’s just the same as every other aspect of parenting, it’s good days and bad and even those Mums I hold on a pedestal have both too. No matter which one you’re having everything is made better by a knowing smile and a helping hand (or a nappy/bib/*insert other*)  from somebody who understands.

On that note…my awesome Parent Apparel jumper arrived today, I love it! Today’s arrival is appropriate as I’m celebrating the duo napping at the same time again, getting to drink a hot coffee and blog for the first time in months…however on other days it will serve more as an affirmation! 🙂

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My Leibster Award

Yay..an award to recognise us bloggers working hard but just starting out and still with a small following. This award is designed to help us link up with like minded bloggers and pass the love on!

I was nominated by lovely Karis over at Little Dorothy Makes.

The rules are as follows…

Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog;
Answer their questions in a blog post;
Nominate at least 10 blogs with 400 followers of less for the Liebster Award;
Ask some questions of your own;
Let your nominees know you nominated them!

The questions;

What is the meaning behind the name of your blog?

Before becoming Ted’s Mummy, I worked with children and families in a variety of different roles, most recently advising parents about sleep, routines and general parenting. I named me blog ‘All the things I used to know’ because I knew people would be watching me and a few would take great pleasure seeing me not follow my own advice! As we all know, everything is reasonably straightforward if you have had 8 hours or more sleep, can be objective and the little monkey in question isn’t yours!!

Who are your role models?

No specific high profile people, just generally people who are able to take everything in their stride, I have a couple of friends who I watch juggle no end of different balls but always have smiles on their faces and look at things positively. This isn’t always my default response but I try everyday to remind myself how lucky I am (because I really am) and remain positive at time when things are tricky.

What is your absolute favourite meal?

Complete cop out but I couldn’t possibly choose…I am far too indecisive! Some days I crave a massive steak, other times seafood especially Crayfish – generally quite healthy foods but normally with a cheeky side of chips and a lovely glass of Savvy B!

What is your greatest moment of joy so far in your life?

Cheesy but true…aside from Ted’s arrival it was the day my husband told me he loved me for the first time, we were sat on a beach on Koh Lipe, a tiny Thai island – we had arrived that morning on a boat from Malaysia and had not a care in the world other than being together, drinking Chang and laughing.

If you were in charge of the whole world, what would you outlaw?

Work on a sunny Friday – we all know these should be spent in a pub garden.

Judgemental People – lets all just show a little love.

Crocs – surely this doesn’t need explaining?!

Do you have any regrets or are you a contented soul?

I guess there are a few but I try not to dwell on the past, everything that has happened has meant I’ve arrived where I am today and I wouldn’t change that for the world.

What 3 adjectives would your close friends and family use to describe you?

Outspoken, lively and more recently, disheveled!!

What is your dream occupation?

I have no idea! I wish I’d worked harder when I was younger and would have loved to have had a job in the media…maybe one day, for now I just want to be at home with my family as much as possible.

What blog post are you most proud of and why?

I don’t think I have a specific one yet…I loved my recap of the first year post on Sassy Bloom’s site as it was great to look at how far we’ve come but equally I’m proud of some of my earlier, honest pieces about how tough certain areas were/are.

What will your next post be about?

I’m not quite sure yet (well, after this one!) Normally inspiration arrives in the shape of a picture or experience and I then see where that takes me, so watch this space!!

So, now I take charge!! My nominees are…

Life with Baby Kicks

Modern Mama

Life with Boys

Mud cakes and Wine

The Mamahood

OMG It’s a Girl

Mummy on my Mind

37 Weeks to Love

And, the questions I’m setting you are…

– What inspired you to start writing?

– Ultimate dinner party, who are your 5 guests and why?

– What has been your favourite age so far and why?

– What are you scared of?

– Would you rather have hands for feet or feet for hands?

– What are your goals this year?

– If you could book a plane ticket anywhere, where would you go?

– What is your favourite memory?

– What is your worst character trait?

– And your best?

I look forward to reading your answers! 🙂

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Mummy and Ted say…

We love the Micro Mini 2 Go!

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As regular readers will be aware, Ted has just turned one. One of his favourite presents has been his Mini Micro 2 Go scooter – I am a bit of a research geek so after scouring the Internet I quickly learnt that if we wanted a quality product that will last the test of time (and a toddler), Micro Scooter were the way to go.

I had all but decided the Mini Micro 3 in 1 was the route we were heading down but when I logged on, I saw the 2 Go had just been added and in all honesty, I fell a little bit in love instantly (oh dear, how my life has changed!)

Pros – The quality is unquestionable, it is solid and well crafted, the wheels lean with the child which means turning is so much easier than on cheaper alternatives and it is a lovely bright blue colour. The removeable drawer is a fantastic idea, Ted already loves filling and emptying it and it will be a great space to store a ball and his lunch on sunny days out later in the year.

Cons – Only a 6 month warranty, this seems very short to me.

Price – It isn’t cheap, in fact at almost £95 it’s pretty expensive BUT I think it is worth the investment. The handlebar extends, the seat and drawer can be removed and then we have a standard Mini Micro that will see Ted through until he’s 5, £19 a year seems quite the bargain!

Comments – The age recommendations are from 18 months plus, which as the 3 in 1 is from a year confused me slightly – I don’t think Ted would be able to balance on the little seat of the 3 in 1 yet but he is fine on the 2 Go…currently a little too short to scoot himself along but loving being pushed about (only one growth spurt off going it alone though!)

We purchased with the intention of supporting and teaching him how to use it inside during the winter months before venturing outside once his confidence has been built and spring has arrived, with this in mind, it is everything we hoped it would be.

Micro Scooters also do some fab accessories. We already have the dinosaur helmet ready for heading outdoors but can’t wait to help Ted pimp his ride further!

As the ultimate bargain hunter it is also worth noting these scooters NEVER get discounted (even the Jo Jo voucher codes exclude them) so don’t waste your time searching for a cheaper price!

We are very happy with our choice and give the Micro Mini 2 Go the full complement 5/5 💙💙💙💙💙.